Policy that Strengthens Social Enterprise

REDF works to influence national, state and local policymakers to support and promote the growth of social enterprise. We do this by mobilizing the social enterprise sector to educate and advocate for evidence-based solutions to addressing chronic unemployment among people who have experienced homelessness, incarceration, mental illness and/or substance addictions, and young people who are disconnected from work and school.

REDF’s policy and systems change work is driven by two key objectives:

1. Growing Social Enterprise Businesses: Increasing access to capital and technical assistance for businesses with a mission to employ people facing significant barriers to employment.

2. Promoting Employee Economic Stability: Increasing access to financial stability and sustainability with tools and incentives for adults and transition age youth (18-24) re-entering or entering the world of work who have been homeless, convicted of a crime, and/or struggling with mental health and/or addiction challenges.

REDF’s influence on policy and system change efforts are primary at the county and state level. Click here to learn about REDF's five national policy recommendations and here to access REDF's customizable policy briefs for social enterprise who want to create change at a policy level.